Camilla, Georgia. Population: Approximately 5,000. Main attractions: Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Subway, and a regular (i.e., not Super) Wal-Mart. Music scene: Nonexistent. So how did this small town give birth to one of the latest up-and-coming screamo outfits? Sheer luck.
The founding members of hardcore/alternative rock band Chasing Victory started playing music together five or six years ago when they were all in middle school. Today, the group consists of vocalist Adam Harrell, guitarists Chris Cargile and Michael Lamb, bassist Chris Crutchfield, and drummer Jeremy Lowery.
Since the quintet released their debut full-length I Call This Abandonment last fall, life has been fairly smooth-sailing — much more so than when the band was starting out back in Camilla where "anything that's remotely outside of the box is considered stupid," according to Lowery.
While one could never tell from The Used-esque sound of Chasing Victory's music, the members carry heavy Southern drawls. Since the band has earned a higher profile as of late, their touring schedule has become more extensive, taking them to the West Coast, up north, and back again. While all of the traveling and playing offer a wonderful opportunity, the self-described "loud, obnoxious, energetic people-persons" of Chasing Victory totally appreciate the fact that there's no place like home.
"Aw man, I have not spent enough time in the South this year," Lowery declares. "I've been out West too many times and up North too much. Believe it or not, people in the South are still so much more polite than anywhere else. You just have more of a down-home-type feel. Growing up there, that's all you know, so you don't know any different. We just miss the warmth, the friendliness down South." —Leah Weinberg
Chasing Victory share the bill with Stretch Armstrong, Secret Lives of the Free Masons, Burns Out Bright, and The Distance on Thurs. June 29 at the Music Farm at 32 Ann St. Tickets are $12 (under 21) and $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 853-3276 and check www.musicfarm.com and www.chasingvictory.com for more.